Wanalta shearing for a good cause

July 25, 2017

Bill Ogden was one of several to carry out shearing duties on the day.

The event has continued to grow each year, with shearers and community members supporting the cause.

Caylee Perry with her daughters Lani, 3, and Lori, 5. The charity shearing day was originally started to support Lori through her battle with cancer.

Crowds of locals flocked to Bill and Val Barlow’s Rushworth farm on Friday to support a charity shearing day raising funds for the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Now in its third year, the day has seen more than $16000 raised in support of the hospital, with shearer Bill Ogden praising the community and fellow shearers for getting involved.

The day was originally started in support of young Nagambie girl Lori Perry who was diagnosed with cancer at just two years old.

Mr Odgen said following the news, the community reacted and organised the day.

‘‘Everyone came together and helped them out and she’s here today and it’s just a great story. It’s great to have a good outcome,’’ he said.

Lori’s mother Caylee said the five-year-old girl was now happy and healthy and just like any other five-year-old, thanks to the help and care received from the Royal Children’s Hospital.

She said it was great to see how the community supported Lori and her family through the event.

‘‘The shearing guys decided to do this and it’s just great, they’ve really taken it on and got on board and we’ve just seen it grow each year,’’ she said.

‘‘We’re quite rapt and we just continue to come every year and help out ... I get to help the kids and the Royal Children’s Hospital because they’ve helped me.’’

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